CHAPTER 428

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 379

AS AMENDED BY

HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 18 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE LICENSING AND REGULATION OF LIMITED LINES TRAVEL INSURANCE PRODUCERS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (Three-fifths of all members elected to each house thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. Amend § 701, Title 18, of the Delaware Code by adding a new subsection (37) and making insertions as shown by underlining and deletions as shown by strike-through as follows and redesignating accordingly:

§ 701 Fee schedule.

Except as provided herein or otherwise by law, the Commissioner shall collect, in advance, fees, costs and miscellaneous charges as follows:

(37) Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producers (that are registering Travel Retailers under Chapter 17B of this title):

a. For initial licensing of a Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer: $1,000

b. For renewal of a Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer License: $500

c. Licensing periods, renewal dates and appointments for Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producers are subject to Section 701(23) of this title.

Section 2. Amend § 1702(w), Title 18 of the Delaware Code by making insertions as shown by underlining and deletions as shown by strike-through as follows:

(w) "Travel accident & baggage licensee" means a limited line producer of the Department who is a ticket-selling agent or other representative of a common carrier who solicits over-the-counter, short-term, nonrenewable travel accident ticket policies and baggage insurance.

(w) “Travel Insurance” means insurance coverage for personal risks incident to planned travel, including but not limited to:

(1) Interruption or cancellation of trip or event;

(2) loss of baggage or personal effects;

(3) damages to accommodations or rental vehicles; or

(4) sickness, accident, disability or death occurring during travel.

Travel insurance does not include major medical plans, which provide comprehensive medical protection for travelers with trips lasting six (6) months or longer, including for example, those working overseas as an ex-patriot or military personnel being deployed.

Section 3. Amend § 1707(b), Title 18 of the Delaware Code by making insertions as shown by underlining and deletions as shown by strike-through as follows:

(b) Limited lines producer may be qualified and licensed and a qualified producer may hold 1 or more of the following limited lines of authority:

(3) Travel accident & baggage. Travel insurance.

Section 4. Amend § 1709(d) of Title 18 of the Delaware Code by making insertions as shown by underlining and deletions as shown by strike-through as follows:

(d) Every applicant for a license as a travel accident & baggage insurance licensee.

Section 5. Amend Title 18 of the Delaware Code by adding a new chapter to read as follows:

Chapter 17B Licensing of Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producers

§ 1770 Short Title.

This Act shall be known as the “Limited Lines Travel Insurance Act.”

§ 1771 Definitions.

For purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

(1) “Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer” means a licensed managing general agent or third party administrator, or licensed insurance producer, including a limited lines producer, designated by an insurer as the travel insurance supervising entity as set forth in Section 1775 of this chapter.

(2) “Offer and disseminate” means providing general information, including a description of the coverage and price, as well as processing the application, collecting premiums, and performing other non-licensable activities permitted by the state.

(3) “Travel Insurance” shall have the meaning stated in Section 1702(w) of this title.

(4) “Travel Retailer” means a business entity that makes, arranges or offers travel services and may offer and disseminate travel insurance as a service to its customers on behalf of and under the direction of a Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer.

§ 1772 Requirements.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law:

(1) The Commissioner may issue to an individual or business entity that has filed with the Commissioner an application for such limited license in a form and manner prescribed by the Commissioner, a Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer license, which authorizes the Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer to sell, solicit or negotiate Travel Insurance through a licensed insurer.

(2) A Travel Retailer may offer and disseminate Travel Insurance on behalf of a Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer business entity only if the following conditions are met:

a. The Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer provides, or causes the Travel Retail to provide, to purchasers of travel insurance, brochures or written materials that contain:

1. A description of the material terms or the actual terms of the insurance coverage;

2. A description of the process for filing a claim;

3. A description of the review or cancellation process for the travel insurance policy;

4. The identity and contact information of the insurer and Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer;

5. An explanation that the purchase of travel insurance is not required in order to purchase any other product or service from the Travel Retailer;

6. An explanation that an unlicensed Travel Retailer is permitted to provide general information about the insurance offered by the Travel Retailer, including a description of the coverage and price, but is not qualified or authorized to answer technical questions about the terms and conditions of the insurance offered by the Travel Retailer or to evaluate the adequacy of the customer’s existing insurance coverage; and

7. A disclosure that the coverage offered may duplicate existing coverage maintained by the consumer and indicate that the consumer may wish to compare the terms with existing life, health, home, and automobile policies, and other sources of protection.

b. At the time of licensure, the Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer shall establish and maintain a register, on a form prescribed by the Commissioner, of each Travel Retailer that offers Travel Insurance on the Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer’s behalf. The register shall be maintained and updated annually by the Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer and shall include the name, address, and contact information of the Travel Retailer and an officer or person who directs or controls the Travel Retailer’s operations, and the Travel Retailer’s Federal Tax Identification Number. The Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer shall submit such register to the Commissioner upon reasonable request. The Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer shall also certify that all Travel Retailers registered comply with 18 U.S.C. § 1033.

c. The Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer has designated one of its employees who is a licensed individual producer as the person responsible (a “Designated Responsible Producer” or “DRP”) for the Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer’s compliance with the insurance laws, rules and regulations of this State.

d. The DRP, president, secretary, treasurer, and any other officer or person who directs or controls the Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer’s insurance operations comply with the fingerprinting requirements applicable to insurance producers in the resident state of the Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer.

e. The Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer has paid all applicable insurance producer licensing fees as set forth in Chapter 7 of this title.

g. The Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer requires each employee and authorized representative of the Travel Retailer whose duties include offering and disseminating Travel Insurance to receive a program of instruction or training, which may be subject to review by the Commissioner. The training material shall, at a minimum, contain instructions on the types of insurance offered, ethical sales practices, and required disclosures to prospective customers.

h. Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producers are exempt from the examination and continuing education requirements under chapter 17 of this title.

(3) If any of the above-listed conditions is not satisfied, the sale of travel insurance (whether by a Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer or Travel Retailer) shall be pursuant to the terms of Chapter 17 of this title.

(4) A Travel Retailer and any of its employees or authorized representatives, who are not licensed as an insurance producer may not:

a. Evaluate or interpret the technical terms, benefits, and conditions of the offered travel insurance coverage;

b. Evaluate or provide advice concerning a prospective purchaser’s existing insurance coverage; or

c. Hold himself or itself out as a licensed insurer, licensed producer, or insurance expert.

§ 1773 Registration.

Notwithstanding any other provision in law, a Travel Retailer whose insurance-related activities, and those of its employees and authorized representatives, are limited to offering and disseminating Travel Insurance on behalf of and under the direction of a Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer meeting the conditions stated in this Act, is authorized to do so and receive related compensation, upon registration by the Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer as described in Section 1772(b)(2) of this chapter.

§ 1774 Policy.

Travel insurance may be provided under an individual policy or under a group or master policy to the extent permitted under Delaware laws and regulations.

§ 1775 Responsibility.

The Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer is responsible for the acts of the Travel Retailers and shall use reasonable means to ensure compliance by the Travel Retailers with this Act.

§ 1776 Enforcement.

The Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer and any Travel Retailer offering and disseminating travel insurance on behalf of the Limited Lines Travel Insurance Producer shall be subject to Chapter 17 (to the extent not inconsistent with this Chapter 17B) and Chapter 23 of this title.

Section 6. This Act shall take effect on the January 1 following its enactment into law.

Approved September 04, 2014